William Kentridge – Sleeper – Black, 1997
Sleeper – Black (1997)
Etching, aquatint and drypoint on paper / 97 x 193 cm
Donated by Linda Givon, Goodman Gallery Johannesburg and the artist in 1998
The struggle by many white South Africans to face up to the exploitation and abuse of Africa and its people is explored. Sleeping, in Kentridge's work, is a metaphor for a state of ignorance, a return to the imaginary, which conveniently allows the external world to be forgotten. However, the sleeper must always wake up.